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Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva on Failed Drug Test: ‘Not My Mistake’

Written by Tom Ngo
December 17th, 2013
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There’s nothing more admirable than owning a mistake. Conversely, there’s nothing more disappointing than pointing the finger elsewhere.

Shortly after it was reported UFC heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (pictured) flunked his post-fight drug test for elevated levels of testosterone following this month’s epic war with Mark Hunt, despite the fact he was issued a therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy, Silva admits a mistake was made, but it wasn’t committed by him.

Silva addressed the predicament on his official Facebook page Tuesday night:

“Clarification: Months before my fight I looked for the UFC doctor Marcio Tannure in Brazil so I could start the hormonal replacement “TRT” which was authorized and recognized by a professional. I started the treatment and 2 weeks before my fight I did all the exams required by the UFC. My testosterone level continued to be low so I was recommended by the doctor to increase the dosage. Unfortunately my level increased too much and caused me to [get suspended]. I only did what was recommended by someone trained who understands about the subject therefore it was not my mistake. I’m cool because I know that the mistake was not made by me, I never tried doing anything wrong for my fight.”

The event took place inside Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Australia, so UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner oversaw the event.

This marks the second time in Silva’s nearly-nine-year professional career that he’s failed a drug exam. The first occasion occurred back in 2008 when the anabolic steroid Boldenone was discovered in his system after beating Justin Eilers to capture the EliteXC heavyweight title.

Silva has been issued a nine-month suspension and forfeits his $50,000 “Fight of the Night”  bonus check, which now goes to Hunt. In addition, despite brawling to a majority draw, UFC president Dana White was so thrilled with their instant classic that he awarded both athletes with their win bonuses. Obviously, Silva can also kiss that payday goodbye.

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